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Archie Phelps interview

CALL NUMBER: T0388:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Archie Phelps RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Archie Phelps describes how he was born in Barkerville, his grandparents (grandfather Edward R. Phelps -- died 1885) arrived in Victoria in 1849 after the California gold rush, other grandfather Robert Coultson was friend with Governor Seymour, his father William Henry Phelps was the first teacher at Mayne Island and eventually to Barkerville, a description of the school in 1884, the differences between the schools at Mayne Island and Barkerville, details on Barkerville, the family's move to Pender Island including what life was like there, the wharf at Port Washington, people at Pender Island including the school and teachers there, how he became a steward on the ferry at age 15, and then a ship builder in San Francisco, anecdotes about the ferries including one where Indians attacked a ferry and another where an Islander was lost coming back from Skagway, his work on a tugboat, and details on what tugs were like in those days. TRACK 2: Captain Phelps continues by describing working on a tow boat called the "Pilot" in 1911 when there were not many sailing ships, how he became a cook on a CPR ship called the "Princess Ina", Port Simpson, taking Indians to work at canneries, the influence of the Scots on place names, more on Port Simpson and the Indian village there, navigation and fog, an anecdote about a problem in a lighthouse, details about Porlier Pass and foghorns.

CALL NUMBER: T0388:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Archie Phelps RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Phelps discusses several wrecks and ships, how pioneers were the only ones who traveled and Indians had to travel second class, Indian potlatches, how sheep were transported by boat, a massacre which resulted in two Indians being hanged, rough seas at Jervis Inlet, how the "Princess Irene" ferry was built for the Nanaimo run, how he became a CPR Captain in 1925 including several boats he worked on, and deep sea sailing versus coastal. TRACK 2: Blank.

Correspondence, clippings and reports

Files kept by J.C. Goodfellow, secretary of the British Columbia Conference Historical Committee ca. 1930 containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and reports relating to the history of the United Church in the Prince Rupert Presbytery of British Columbia.

John C. Goodfellow was a United Church minister and a historian. He wrote many articles on the history of the Similkameen area and on other topics.

This microfilm is a copy of the files Goodfellow kept which relate to the history of the United Church in the Prince Rupert Presbytery. The files contain correspondence, clippings and reports relating to the history of the communities and the churches in the communities. The files are in alphabetical order by place name.

Donald Peck interview

CALL NUMBER: T0398:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Donald Wesley Peck RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Donald Peck discusses changes in Vancouver and its harbour. He begins in 1897 when his family lived at English Bay and his father built a boat for use on the Fraser River during the financial crisis, a description of the over fishing that year, a description of the boat as compared to others at that time, how some streets in Vancouver were made from logging roads, how sawmills helped to develop the demographics of the city, anecdote about a man at the Hastings Mill named Captain Bailey, details on Bailey and his life, a boat called the "Senator", what the harbour was like at that time including various boats and Captains, anecdotes about what life was like in 1897, the filling of False Creek in 1910, the navigational hazard of the Narrows, how his family came to Canada in 1742 to New Brunswick from the USA and how they were ship builders, details on his family lineage including boats they built, details on his father's life and boats he worked on, the first machines which revolutionized the cannery industry were partially developed by his father, how his father sold the first salmon cannery to Japan, internal combustion engines which ended up being a failure, how in 1898 the family moved to Rivers Inlet so his father could help build the machinery at the cannery there, then the family moved back to Vancouver in 1901 so the kids could go to the Mount Pleasant School, more details on his father's work at sawmills, his reminiscences of the Fort Simpson area including the tugboats he used and Captains there, an anecdote about liquor laws involving Indians. and the invention of the Davis raft.

CALL NUMBER: T0398:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Donald Wesley Peck RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Peck discusses and describes the chances he took in his youth, Captain Alf Lewis who towed a boat called "The Progressive", his experiences towing in 1918, buying the "Topaz" and moving back to Vancouver when the mill closed, a story about Haida canoes in Port Simpson and Metlakatla, his impressions of and details about the Haida people. TRACK 2: Captain Peck describes the transport of coal from B.C. to California around the turn of the century by the use of tugboats, what it was like at Hastings Harbour at that time, cargo ships that were lost including one in 1906 and a Russian ship called the "Volentia", more on the Narrows, an explosion on a small boat in 1902 at Port Simpson, Father Hogan who was the minister at Port Simpson at that time who gave his skin to those who were burned, a story about a stone mason named Mr. Rudge who dumped a tombstone overboard where a Haida man had drowned, the activity in salmon fishing on the Skeena River in the days before Prince Rupert was established in 1907, including details on the canneries near Port Essington, and the 186 mile journey along the Skeena from Prince Rupert to Hazelton aboard sternwheelers.

CALL NUMBER: T0398:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Donald Wesley Peck RECORDED: [location unknown], 1961-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Captain Peck discusses how boys in those days had to be self-dependant and had to learn to hunt and take care of the home, his friend Walter Wick's father who was the first foreigner he met while he lived at Inverness, a description of the Wick boys, he then describes his early memories of life at Metlakatla including details about people there. [Note: there is a splice in the tape so track 2 on this CD is a continuation of T0389:0003.] TRACK 2: Captain Peck offers a description of a woman named Miss West whom he met in 1904 in Georgetown, he discusses the history of Georgetown and the sawmill there including its establishment before Confederation, Mr. Morrow of Metlakatla who was a butcher at Metlakatla and was a former Indian agent, a description of the landscape at Metlakatla, the Rudge family, the origins of Port Essington including the type of place it was and people there. TRACK 3: Captain Peck discusses boats constructed for the Stikine and for the Yukon gold rush, the limitations of sternwheelers, experiences on the Nelson River, the people and geography of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the settlement of Sointula, and the elk on Graham Island, QCI.

Donald Watt interview

CALL NUMBER: T1983:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Don Watt : medical missionary work, United Church PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1960 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Personal background in Ontario; medical positions held; Skidegate Inlet, 1946; Queen Charlotte Hospital, 1955; type of medical work there, coronary work; life style in the Queen Charlottes; influence of church on Dr. Watt; effects of United Church medical work; Bella Bella, 1942 -1960, large growth; tuberculosis in BC; Port Simpson Hospital; types of medical problems in United Church Hosp;itals. TRACK 2: Christianity and medicine; income of United Church doctors; payment other than money; income tax; Government subsidy for rural isolated doctors; payment for services; regional hospital districts; United Church and government takeover of Bella Bella Hospital; penicillin; x-ray equipment; technical advances in rural medicine; satellite communication.;

CALL NUMBER: T1983:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Don Watt; Medical Missionary Work, United Church PERIOD COVERED: 1940-1976 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-16 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Hugh McGuire, an outstanding surgeon from Alabama with futuristic ideas for rural medicine; liaison between city and country; United Church involvement; use of specialist from UBC Faculty of Medicine for medical programs; veterinary experiences. TRACK 2: Humourous veterinary experiences; work anecdotes; Red Cross; Indians in society; birth control; sterilization; abortion.

Dora Flewin interview ; Rev. Robert Faris interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Port Simpson Mission 100th anniversary PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1948 RECORDED: Port Simpson (B.C.), 1974 SUMMARY: Dora Flewin: Father was the Reverend J.C. Spencer, minister at Port Simpson from 1914-21. She describes training for nursing. Discusses doctors, nurses and the Girls' Home in Port Simpson. Conditions at the Methodist Mission and the hospital. [Interview date: 1974-11-10] Reverend Robert Faris: Discusses history of the 'Ksan project at Hazelton, and the arts and crafts of the Northwest Coast native peoples.; [The tape may also include a brief interview with Reverend John Williams of Kitamaat Village, who is of Haida ancestry.];

Dr. William Percy Bunt interview : [Oldham, 1976]

CALL NUMBER: T1991:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Methodist Medical Missionary Work RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Personal background; training as a Methodist minister; Dr. A.E. Bolton; Thomas Crosby; his ordination; Dr. Paton of Chilliwack; Naramata; CPR Hospital; Penticton General Hospital. TRACK 2: Theological training in Montreal, 1914; women in medical training; medical missionaries; career workers; First World War service in infantry in France; return to Vancouver in 1918. CALL NUMBER: T1991:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Methodist Medical Missionary Work RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-26 SUMMARY: Dr. John Spencer, 1888, training in California; Port Simpson work 1914 to 1924; Bella Bella; Hazelton; Dr. Horace Wrinch the politician; Dr. R. W. Large; hardship of life in isolated areas of BC before the First World War. CALL NUMBER: T1991:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Methodist Medical Missionary Work RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-26 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Large; United Church nurses; Matron Bedford, Port Simpson; Miss McDowell, Miss Irene McGee, Miss Bessie French; the medical missionary calling; appointment of Dr. Bunt as superintendent of home missions, BC; his work with United Church hospitals; relocation of Japanese-Canadians. TRACK 2: Role of Dr. Bunt in the relocation of Japanese-Canadians; publicity of medical missionary work; the 'Thomas Crosby' boats; boat call at Kitimat; government involvement in United churches. CALL NUMBER: T1991:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Methodist Medical Missionary Work RECORDED: [location unknown], 1976-01-26 SUMMARY: Dr. George Darby of Bella Bella; his personal background; beginning medical work on the BC coast; Dr. Bunt's story of Dr. Darby's home; the hardship of living there; his Christian faith; Mrs. Darby and family in Vancouver for twenty years; honourary Indian title in 1944; honourary degrees at UBC; home mission conference; his role as superintendent.

Eric R. Thomson interview

CALL NUMBER: T1660:[0006? - 0009?] SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Evening chats with Eric R. Thomson (cont'd) RECORDED: Hopkins Landing (B.C.), 1974 & 1975 SUMMARY: In a series of interviews recorded by his grandson, Eric R. Thomson of Hopkins Landing discusses his memories of the First World War; memories of Vancouver; and the history of Hopkins Landing. [NOTE: Not transcribed.]

CALL NUMBER: T1660:0001 - [0005?] SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Evening chats with Eric R. Thomson RECORDED: Hopkins Landing (B.C.), 1974-07-30 & -08-01, etc. SUMMARY: In a series of interviews recorded by his grandson, Eric R. Thomson of Hopkins Landing discusses: a 1902 trip up the Skeena with his father, James Thomson, of the Hudson's Bay Company; a 1911 trip up the Stikine; and his recollections of growing up in Victoria, 1896-1904.

Fort Simpson

The item is a b&w photograph showing a painted home with pole on the beach at Fort Simpson. It was probably taken by O.C. Hastings in 1879.

Fort Simpson

The item is a b&w photograph taken by Dossetter in July 1881. It was taken at Fort Simpson (Port Simpson) church and shows the Rev. Thomas Crosby surrounded by his congregation.

Fort Simpson

The item is a b&w photograph taken by Dossetter at Fort Simpson. It shows the village from the water.

Fort Simpson (Columbia Department) fonds

  • PR-1678
  • Fonds
  • 1841-1862; 1875

The fonds consists of letter books (1841-1844; 1851-1855) correspondence inward (1851) and journals (1842-1843; 1859-1962) created by various employees at Fort Simpson. It also contains some extraneous material added in to the individual volumes.

Hudson's Bay Company. Fort Simpson (Columbia Department)

Helen Meilleur interview

The item consists of an audio interview with Helen Meilleur recorded in New Westminster, B.C. on June 27, 1983.

Tape summaries:
T4088:0025 track 1: Helen Meilleur was born Helen Young in Canada in 1910 and grew up in Port Simpson. She describes the two homes she lived in as a child -- one on an Indian reserve, the other on Hudson Bay lands. She describes her mother's daily tasks in great detail -- preparation of meals, washing and ironing, baking, preserving and canning, etc. She also tells of the items her father sold in his store.

Track 2: Helen Meilleur describes the cooking tasks done in the home by the children and her mother. Cookbooks and recipes are discussed. She attended a one-room school in Port Simpson and in 1921 moved to New Westminster where she attended old Central School. She took domestic science and tells of the recipes prepared in class.

T4088:0026 track 1: Helen Meilleur tells of the advice her mother gave her when she married. Discusses teaching and community experiences in Hewlett around 1928. Left teaching to become a stenographer. Took training at Sprott-Shaw in Vancouver. Worked at H.R. MacMillan and talks of wages and working conditions. Married in 1943 and set up her home in Powell River. Describes the difference between her mother's home and her own.

Track 2: Helen Meilleur talks about the differences in child rearing between her mother and herself -- different attitudes. Also discusses her husband's role as father being quite different from her father. Explains the changes she saw taking place in other husbands with regards to household duties.

Journalism and essays

Series consists of articles, typescript drafts, essays, biographies, notes, clippings, etc. relating to Alaska, the history of British Columbia, historic sites in British Columbia, Indigenous people of British Columbia, the pelagic sealing industry, etc. The series also includes invitations to events and 124 black and white photographs, mostly of Smith's time in Japan and China.

Katie O'Neill interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Katie O'Neill : the Veasy, O'Neill and Alexander families PERIOD COVERED: 1860s-1944 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1966-09-09 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Katie O'Neill speaks about her mother, Marianne Veasy coming out from New York with her family who pre-empted the Bonaparte Ranch outside of Ashcroft (1860's). After her mother and father, Charles Patrick O'Neill, were married they went to Barkerville (1879), there were 3 children in the family and her father worked as a blacksmith. Following her father's death, her mother married James M;orrison Lindsey Alexander and the family moved to the Queen Charlotte Islands to take up cattle ranching, later moving to Port Simpson. She relates childhood memories of the cattle ranch in the Queen ;Charlotte Islands near Masset and growing up in Port Simpson c.1900. She talks about the Minskinisht village, Rev. Robert Tomlinson and her position as telegraph operator at Minskinisht (1906-1909), and the wreck of the "Mount Royal". She later trained as a nurse (1909) and worked in Victoria. Katie O'Neill nursed Emily Carr in 1944 during her old age and she relates some memories and impressions.


Series consists of a letterpress book containing copies of letters written as stipendiary magistrate at Port Simpson and Metlakatla [Metlakahtla] to the Attorney General, Provincial Secretary and Superintendent General of Indian Affairs, Ottawa.

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